Traffic Safety Division Director
Michael A. Chacon, P.E., serves as director of Traffic Safety.
As director, Chacon is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Traffic Safety Division, including Texas’ Traffic Management System, policy and standards, speed zoning, crash records and crash data analysis, and the Texas Traffic Safety Program.
A native of El Paso, Chacon graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1993. He received his license as a professional engineer in 2000 and has served with TxDOT for 28 years.
Chacon began his TxDOT career in 1994 in the Traffic Operations Division, working in the field with several districts. In 1998, he joined the South Travis Area Office of the Austin District working on design and safety project development. In 2002, he returned to the Traffic Operations Division as a lead worker. He was named the Policy and Standards Branch Manager in 2006, where he was responsible for the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, traffic engineering standard sheets and other traffic engineering policies and procedures.
In July 2015, Chacon was named the director of the Traffic Engineering Section, where he oversaw engineering operations, policy and standards, and safety engineering. He was named Traffic Operations Division Director on Oct. 1, 2016. The name of the Traffic Operations Division was changed to the Traffic Safety Division, effective Sept. 1, 2018.